Pat Maki
Pat Maki
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Asked on Jan 17, 2019

How can you paint over Formica cabinets?

KariWilliamCheryl A

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  • William
    on Jan 17, 2019

    Just like painting any cabinets. Nothing special. Did mine.


    How to Paint Cabinets


    Make sure they are clean and dry. Remove the doors and hardware. Mark the doors and cabinets with tape where they go. Lightly sand the doors and cabinets to remove any gloss and roughen the surface for paint with 200 grit sandpaper or a green Scotch Brite pad.. Use a tack cloth or damp rag to remove dust after sanding. Prime with a stain blocking primer like KILZ. Acrylic or water base paints are low-fume and clean up easily with water. Alkyd or oil-based paints require good ventilation because the paint contains solvents that can irritate your lungs and make you feel sick. Alkyd options require mineral spirits for cleanup, but they provide a hard, durable paint finish. Whichever you use, buy the best-quality paint you can afford for a lasting kitchen cabinet finish. Seal with at least three coats with a water based polyurethane. Use a small foam roller and foam brush for a smooth finish.



  • Kari
    on Jan 18, 2019

    I cleaned the counters, applied one coat chalk paint, 2 coats kilz oil based primer then 2 coats latex paint- beautiful!

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